The Fear Factor

by Jenn (eating bender) on September 19, 2011

Oh ‘ello. Just popped by to say that currently, I am terrified.

Scared out of my mind.

In fact, I can’t remember the last time I felt so vulnerable.


There is a 100-page, 1.5-spaced manuscript idling between my husband’s lap and his hands while he reads. He, by the way, is wearing a pair of Homer Simpson slippers.


I love him, but could the man have possibly chosen to wear a creepier pair of eyes to stare at me from across the room as I wait, palms sweaty, for him to make it through 44,000 words?

The answer you’re looking for is no.

I must be a glutton for punishment because I am glued to my seat, occasionally sneaking glances in his direction to make sure his expression is either amused, intrigued or indifferent — not confused. Please, anything but confused. I thought I read, re-read and re-re-read to make sure it all made sense!


Crap. He just clicked his pen. He’s writing something on the page. I can pretend I am back in first grade, when the red marks of commentary always said, “Excellent!” or “Bravo!” but I have a feeling it’s something else. I told him to be brutally honest, after all.

Back to reading. He’s smiling now, though I haven’t a clue which one of my lines caused the cute one on his face to curve upward. At least it’s something positive to hold onto.

For now.

Time to force myself into another room.

To be continued…

1 Erica September 19, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Haha. Run out and get froyo or something

2 Jenn (eating bender) September 19, 2011 at 9:01 pm

An excellent idea. We have a new place only a few blocks from us! :)

3 actorsdiet September 19, 2011 at 9:22 pm

ha ha! the click of that pen…i totally get it! p.s. i want those slippers for myself.

4 Liz @ Southern Charm September 19, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Love the slippers … reminds me of days when I had Simpsons bed sheets! Haha.

5 shannon September 20, 2011 at 7:44 am

too cute :) and yeah, those slippers are creepy…

…what did he think??

6 Megan (Braise The Roof) September 20, 2011 at 9:41 am

That’s what wine was invented for. :) I’m sure he’s loving it!

7 brandi September 20, 2011 at 10:58 am

i’m so excited for you! :)

8 janiek September 20, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Haha this post makes me laugh. Dont stress about it too much.

9 Jenn (eating bender) September 20, 2011 at 2:02 pm

So glad you found it funny — I totally meant it to be lighthearted. Even if it really was making me crazy. :)

10 Rose September 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I’m sorry that I’m not sorry that this post made me laugh so hard :)

I bet it’s awesome. And I bet Bobby agrees.

11 Jenn (eating bender) September 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm

HA! Now you’ve got *me* grinning and I can’t stop. :)

12 Melissa @ TryingToHeal September 21, 2011 at 11:25 am

I’m sure it was GREAT!!!!! AMAZING! AWESOME!!!! 😀

13 Lauren September 22, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Oh my gosh I can feel your anticipation from here! Good luck!

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